Adam Schefter is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have exercised their fifth year option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.
Bills picked up 5th-year option for 2015 on former first-round pick Marcell Dareus, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2014
The third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Dareus is coming off his best season as a pro with a combined 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks, both career-highs for the former Alabama Crimson Tide champion.
The option means the Bills will pay Dareus in excess of $7 million in 2015, but reports say they would prefer to lock the pro bowl defensive tackle up long-term.
“It’s on our radar, but right now we prioritize things,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley, via BuffaloBills.com. “With this system there’s a lot of things you want to get done. There’s a lot of things you can’t get done because of the cap situation. … I believe our cap situation we can get done what we need to get done, but you won’t get done the laundry list of things that you want to get done.”